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Why you shouldn't dismiss a 'senior moment'

November 30, 2018

People often dismiss temporary mental lapses as "senior moments"—but neurologist William Shankle in KevinMD writes that seemingly harmless "dismissive phrase ... leads to devastating, debilitating disease."

Inside the dementia care center recreating the 1950s

November 29, 2018

Glenner Town Square is the first adult daycare center in the United States built around reminiscence therapy—a form of therapy intended to spark personal memories for individuals with Alzheimer's disease and dementia.

Inside CMS' plan to lower drug costs for Medicare Part D enrollees

November 28, 2018

CMS' proposed rule seeks to eliminate barriers that prevent Medicare Part D and Medicare Advantage enrollees from accessing lower-cost drugs by giving Part D plans more flexibility to use formulary management tools, such as prior authorizations and step therapy.

Why Gen Z (and millennials and boomers) are so stressed, charted

November 8, 2018

The American Psychological Association's Stress in America survey finds younger U.S. adults are reporting higher levels of stress than older U.S. adults—and are more likely to have received care from a mental health professional.

A pilot program lets Medicare beneficiaries receive hospice care while still seeking a cure. It's facing setbacks, a new report finds.

September 24, 2018

A report from Abt Associates released Wednesday shows that more than one-quarter of hospice providers dropped out of a pilot project that allows terminally ill patients to continue receiving curative treatments while receiving hospice coverage through Medicare.

Most personality 'types' are bunk. Here's one that's rooted in science, according to new research.

September 20, 2018

Personality "types" are a controversial topic among psychologists: some argue that it is just not possible to group billions of people into a handful of types, but a recent study suggests that, in fact, all people fall into one of four previously unidentified personality types.

Medicare's surprising slowdown: Why per-person costs are falling—and what the health system can learn from it

September 18, 2018

When actuaries detected a slowdown in Medicare spending growth a few years ago, Medicare officials claimed it was a one-time blip due to the recession. But one expert is spearheading research that paints a different picture—revealing a sustained slowdown in spending that the larger health care system could learn from.

Low-dose aspirin more harmful than good for healthy elderly adults, a new study finds

September 18, 2018

Although evidence suggests that a daily regimen of low-dose aspirin can protect heart attack patients from a second episode or stroke, the regimen may do more harm than good in healthy elderly adults who have never experienced a cardiac event, according to a new study in the New England Journal of Medicine.

The bad science behind the 10,000-step-a-day rule

September 14, 2018

In the age of Fitbits and other wearables, consumers interested in living a healthy lifestyle have been trained to strive for 10,000 steps per day, but experts say that goal is arbitrary and is not backed by evidence.

25,000 people die of sepsis in nursing homes each year. Here's why.

September 7, 2018

Each year, 25,000 nursing home residents die after being transferred to hospitals while they had sepsis—a growing public health problem that experts say is largely attributable to poor staffing levels, a Chicago Tribune/Kaiser Health News investigation reveals. 

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